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ING sells 33 million shares in NN Group for total proceeds of EUR 1 billion

05 January 2016 ... min read Listen

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Amsterdam, 5 January 2016

ING announced today the successful sale of 33 million ordinary shares of NN Group. The shares have been sold at a price of EUR 31.00 per share. As part of the transaction, NN Group has repurchased 8 million shares at the same price per share for an aggregate amount of EUR 250 million. The gross proceeds to ING Group from the offering, including the repurchase by NN Group, amounted to EUR 1 billion.

As a result of the transaction, ING loses significant influence on NN Group and will account for its remaining stake in NN Group as an available-for–sale investment going forward. The transactions are expected to result in a net profit to ING at closing of EUR 0.5 billion. This broadly reflects the difference between the EUR 2.2 billion book value of our 25.8% investment in NN Group, which was fixed at deconsolidation at the end of May 2015, and the market value of this stake of approximately EUR 2.7 billion. The transaction will reduce ING Group's stake in NN Group's outstanding capital from 25.8% to 16.2% and will raise ING Group’s fully loaded CET1 ratio by approximately 30 basis points on a pro forma basis.

ING has previously announced that it intends to divest its remaining stake in NN Group over time, in line with its strategy to divest all of its insurance and investment management businesses as part of the restructuring agreement with the European Commission as amended on 16 November 2012, ultimately by the end of 2016. In this context, ING Group previously also sold shares of NN Group through an initial public offering in July 2014 and follow-on offerings in February, May and September 2015. As from 14 December 2015, ING no longer has any nominees on NN Group’s Supervisory Board.

The transaction announced today was executed by way of an accelerated book building offering to institutional investors and to NN Group. As of settlement of the transaction, the remaining shares in NN Group held by ING Group will be subject to a lock-up period of 60 days (subject to certain exceptions including a sale to the investor group who invested in NN Group prior to its initial public offering in accordance with ING Group’s announcement of 30 April 2014, and the right of the joint global coordinators of the offering to waive the lock up restrictions).

BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, ING Bank and JP Morgan acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the offering. BBVA, Citi, Commerzbank, KBC Securities and UBS acted as Joint Bookrunners.

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ING PROFILE

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank and holding a significant stake in the listed insurer NN Group NV. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank’s more than 52,000 employees offer retail and commercial banking services to customers in over 40 countries.

ING Group shares are listed (in the form of depositary receipts) on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA NA, ING.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).

Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s corporate strategy, which is evidenced by ING Group shares being included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World). where ING is among the leaders in the Banks industry group.

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Certain of the statements contained herein are not historical facts, including, without limitation, certain statements made of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular economic conditions in ING’s core markets, (2) changes in performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (3) consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro, (4) ING’s implementation of the restructuring plan as agreed with the European Commission, (5) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity such as interbank funding, as well as conditions in the credit markets generally, including changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness, (6) changes affecting interest rate levels, (7) changes affecting currency exchange rates, (8) changes in investor and customer behaviour, (9) changes in general competitive factors, (10) changes in laws and regulations, (11) changes in the policies of governments and/or regulatory authorities, (12) conclusions with regard to purchase accounting assumptions and methodologies, (13) changes in ownership that could affect the future availability to us of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (14) changes in credit ratings, (15) ING’s ability to achieve projected operational synergies and (16) the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Risk Factors section contained in the most recent annual report of ING Groep N.V. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of ING speak only as of the date they are made, and, ING assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or for any other reason.

This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities of NN Group have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold within the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or any jurisdiction into which the publication or distribution would be unlawful. This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire shares in the capital of NN Group in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful or require preparation of any prospectus or other offer documentation or would be unlawful prior to registration, exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions. The shares that are to be sold in the announced offering (the “Placing Shares”) have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), and may not be offered, sold or transferred, directly or indirectly, within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the shares referred to in this announcement is being made in the United States or elsewhere.

This announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility, of ING Group. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by BofA Merril Lynch, Deutsche Bank, ING Bank and JP Morgan (collectively, the "Managers") or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

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